Holidays

Gift Guide: Best of Beauty

This gift guide is for the beauty lovers in your life and of course you! ;) It’s a roundup of my absolute favorite makeup items that I re-order time and time again from Nordstrom. These are my beauty cabinet staples, and will make perfect gifts for your loved ones. Most of them are under $100, and several are under $50 making them great stocking stuffers. PS if you love my robe you can get it here! Beauty gifts from Nordstrom: Fragrance My favorite perfume of all time is Diptyque “Eau Duelle.” It’s got a rich vanilla bourbon smell, and I get compliments on it from men and women everytime I wear it. For room spray, I love Diptyque “Baies.” I keep this in my bathroom, as well as our guest bathroom. For diffusers, I can’t get enough of the Antica Farmacista Vanilla, Bourbon and Mandarin reed diffuser. It’s not overpowering and makes your entire home smell divine. Candles My favorite candle is by Diptyque – it’s the Vanille scent. I talk about it nonstop for a reason – it’s pure heaven. If you’re over Diptyque, then I suggest Byredo’s Bohemia scented candle. It’s the chicest candle next to Diptyque and smells really subtle and sexy. Body I am constantly re-ordering this Aesop hand + lotion duo. It smells SO good and everyone comments how much they love it when they come over. It’s earthy, and nourishing. I recently bought the Necessaire body wash and lotion and let me tell you – it lives up to the hype. It left my skin SO soft, smells incredible, and is also a CLEAN beauty product. Win, win, win. Face I’m obsessed with the Tata Harper resurfacing serum. You notice an immediate glow right after using it. Plus it’s all natural. I also love the resurfacing mask. I got the gift set for my sister! For the woman who has everything…get the Sisley face mask. Google it and you will see the thousands of positive reviews. It instantly works, and leaves your skin feeling SO soft and supple. I’ve been using it for years. This Indie Lee face oil is also a clean product and a great stocking stuffer. It’s only $14 and super gentle. For the girl who is prone to breakouts and always traveling, get her this gem from Sunday Riley. I bring it on every trip and it immediately clears up a zit within minutes. I’ve been using the Dermalogica Microfoliant 2x a week for 8 years. It’s gentle, effective and makes your skin stay bright + clear. This little gift set is perfect for the skincare junkie! Vintner’s Daughter Serum. Elemis Cleansing Balm. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. Hair I love the T3 ceramic curling iron! Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. For shampoo – I use a few, but I’m a big fan of R+Co and Alterna Caviar. Mason Pearson hair brush. Makeup YSL Saharienne eye palette. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Charlotte Tilbury highlighter and mascara. Bobbi Brown bronzer. Laura Mercier caviar eye sticks. Mac lipgloss in C-Thru. Cle de Beauté concealer. And if you’re looking for quick, one off gifts sets from Nordstrom under $100: I love this Bobbi Brown travel friendly kit. This is a fancier version of my fave YSL eyeshadow palette. A special edition BLACK Diptyque Baies candle. Laura Mercier bath + body skincare set. Tata Harper daily essentials set. Diptyque mini candle + perfume set. R + Co hair travel set. Gift sets under $50: Deborah Lippmman polish kit. Laura Mercier caviar stick set. Supergoop sunscreen kit. Basic purity energy cleanse meditation kit. Indie Lee discovery kit. Fresh lip balm set (a Nordstrom Beauty exclusive!) Be sure to shop my picks below and check out Nordstrom’s Gift With Purchase page which is full of extra goodies!
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Cyber Monday: What I Bought

I already shared my concise list of Black Friday sales on here over the weekend, but I wanted to share a few extra ones that I found out about, PLUS what I actually purchased myself from the sales. Trust me, you’re not going to want to pass up these screaming deals! Beauty Buy one Diptyque candle, get one half off at Space NK – yes please! I ordered a few of my favorite Vanille scented candles. They also have tons of holiday gift sets – like this Byredo mini candle trio! Violet Grey is offering $15 off when you spend $100, $50 off when you spend $250, and $100 when you spend $500. I ordered this lash food, this Necessaire body lotion, the Augustinus Bader rich cream, and this Tom Ford shimmer body oil that I drench myself in all summer long! If you don’t already have Vintner’s Daughter serum – get it – it’s a cult beauty product for a reason, and I use it every night! Nordstrom is offering this T3 ceramic curling iron for 15% off. I switched from my Hot Tools iron to this T3 last month because my hairdresser noticed my hair was getting more damaged and she said that ceramic irons are way better for you! Fashion I bought this Fleur du Mal silver dress for my birthday and New Years Eve because it’s now 20% off! I’ve been needing an ultra long winter coat, but didn’t want to spend a ton of $$$. This one is PERFECT and under $200. I just got this simple ivory cashmere sweater, this chic tank, and another pair of RE/DONE jeans for 30% off from the Intermix sale. Scoop’s line with Walmart is offering 25% off everything! Get my favorite black booties, v neck sweater, teddy coat, or this chic black blazer with gold buttons. My favorite houndstooth coat is 50% off at Banana Republic. Thomas’ favorite navy blue winter coat is also 50% off, as well as his quilted AND waterproof navy blue jackets. The Ann Taylor coat I’ve been wearing nonstop is 50% off. And I just picked up this printed silk scarf for myself! I just got Thomas these Chelsea boots from Bloomingdales – they are under $100 and the perfect gift for the man in your life! Alo Yoga is offering 30% off site wide so I couldn’t resist stocking up on the black high waisted workout leggings I wear 24/7 and their sports bras. Shopbop is offering 25% off orders of $500+ – take 25% off this gorgeous beige Mackage coat I always get a million compliments on. It’s also a great time to get these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots I wear almost everyday during the winter. Home I got a few of these Ralph Lauren silver picture frames to give with sentimental photos as gifts to loved ones because they’re offering 30% off orders of $100+. And I couldn’t resist splurging on this cashmere blanket + eye mask + pillow travel set for myself!!! For those of you who love my gold bamboo picture frame that’s in my entry – you can get it here on major sale! And I bought a few of these for our kitchen! I bought a friend who loves entertaining this Jenni Kayne Pacific Natural book because she’s offering 20% off sitewide. Shop more of my picks below as well as all of my holiday gift guides here!
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Gifts I'm Giving This Year

Each year I do a very concise number of gift guides. I personally don’t think it makes sense to do a zillion gift guides – that’s just overwhelming! I wanted to share the gifts I’m actually giving my loved ones this year which will hopefully make your shopping experience a whole lot easier! (And let’s hope they aren’t reading this post haha…) Gifts For Him For Thomas – I’m getting him an Away suitcase because he travels a TON for work and keeps commenting how much he loves my Away bag whenever we take trips. It’s funny I have several roller suitcases that are WAY more expensive than my Away bag, yet 99.9% of the time I reach for my Away bag. I’m also getting him a beautiful card case (linked several others below – really loving this one) because he prefers a thinner style wallet versus a traditional size one and his current one is falling a part! And lastly – this beautiful water resistant jacket from Banana Republic. For my dad – I’m getting him this fun record player and records because he just moved into a new home and loves classic music. I’m also getting him a round of golf at The Phoenician – an amazing course in our hometown in Arizona, and this quilted jacket for chillier evenings. Gifts For Her For my sister – She always takes my skincare products when she comes over, so I’m getting her this Tata Harper skincare essentials kit with some of my favorite products from the line that I know she will love! I’m also getting her a Le Creuset pot because she loves to cook for her new husband! For my mom – My mom is super sentimental and loves photos of us all over her house. I’m going to get her beautiful Ralph Lauren silver frames (also love these) with some of my favorite pictures. I’m also getting her these cashmere lined leather gloves and a Delta flight gift certificate so she can visit her best friend in London! Gifts For The Dog Lover For Charlie – He needs a warm sweater for the winter – and I’m eyeing this cashmere cable knit sweater and this cute little monogram one for him!!! I love this plaid dog bed, and I will of course be spoiling him with some of his favorite treats! Splurgeworthy Gifts For Her For myself – These are things I want, but haven’t gotten around to buying so they’re on my mental wishlist. I’d love to try the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream. I tried the regular cream from the line a few months ago and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with it. BUT everyone says I should have gotten the RICH cream because it’s wayyyy better – so I’d love to see what the hype is all about! I’m dying to try SKIMS shapewear by Kim Kardashian. I’m a sucker for simple, neutral underwear – and I feel like her core control thongs would be amazing for tight dresses!!! I need a new Iluminage silk eye mask – and this set sounds heavenly. I’ve been using this eye mask for years and mine is on it’s last leg! This pillow case + eye mask set is also really beautiful and comes in pink or black. And in terms of splurge worthy items… I would love this vintage Hermes Kelly black bag, or this croc one, this silver Fleur du Mal kimono and matching slip dress, and this Nordstrom Made cashmere sweater. Other Gift Ideas Be sure to check out my past gift guides: Unique Gift Ideas, Gifts For Him, Valentine’s Day Gifts, Best Last Minute Gifts, Gifts For Everyone, Best Candles, Best Coffee Table Books, and Beauty Gifts.
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Unique Gift Ideas

I often get asked about gifting giving – “What should I get my mom for her birthday?” “What should I get my girlfriend for her wedding?” “What’s the best thing to get a guy for Christmas?” Finding the perfect gift for someone can often be stressful right?! Not to worry! I’m sharing a few of my no-fail, great and unique gift ideas that I’ve gotten loved ones over the years. Any of these gifts could be for a wedding, a housewarming, a birthday, or a holiday… Gifts For Him *I’ll never forget what a fail my first Christmas gift to my high school boyfriend was. I couldn’t figure out what to get him, so I got him a basket of random things I thought he’d like. They were all too practical, and well, just super lame LOL. I never grew up with brothers and was clueless what guys liked so I had to quickly catch up after that! Here are a few things I’ve given to the men in my life that they all loved and appreciated: A bottle of Japanese whiskey Old fashioned glasses This iconic car coffee table book A leather catchall for watches and jewelry A classic leather Shinola watch (these are SO beautiful in person…and unisex as well) A record player + records (We have this one and love it!) Gifts For Her A Diptyque candle with a fancy gold wick trimmer and pretty matches. Trust me, don’t stray from this brand. Every woman just wants Diptyque at the end of the day haha!!! (These are a few of my other favorites, but I always come back to this one) Pacific Natural coffee table book. This is from Jenni Kayne and full of incredible recipes, decor shots, and entertaining inspo galore Chanel book set This YSL eyeshadow palette in Saharienne. It’s been my favorite for years and is AMAZING to travel with since it’s so compact A Cuyana monogram cosmetic case Gifts For The Dog Lover A custom illustration of their dog from Arabella June (who did the CUTEST one of Charlie that I am now framing!) A plaid dog scarf A chic dog toy from St. Frank or a fun rope from Jenni Kayne for the dog lover who is also a decor aficionado A fancy dog food + bowl stand (I just got this for Charlie and OMG it looks so much better than what we used to have!) A black velvet bow tie – because why not? A cozy cream lace up sweater or down snow jacket…I mean do you die? Gifts For The Foodie My favorite Le Creuset pan which you can also put in the oven! A Boos cutting board (this is what professional chefs use – it’s the best) Marble cheese board Beautiful teacups and tea A silver cocktail shaker and bar tool set Gifts For The Decor Lover This framed textile is a splurge, but will go in anyone’s home/with any decor. It’s one of my favorite pieces – and was styled here in my LA home A beautiful Ralph Lauren silver frame with a sentimental photo A stunning alpaca throw from Jenni Kayne (I have this on my bed!) Be sure to check out my past gift guides: Gifts For Him, Valentine’s Day Gifts, Best Last Minute Gifts, Gifts For Everyone, Best Candles, Best Coffee Table Books, and Beauty Gifts.
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